Monday, February 3, 2014

Lily Anna Stamping Plate Review

Good morning! Man this weekend was so busy for me! I'm a total homebody and doing stuff everyday for the past week and going out a few days in a row has me pretty tired. I need to get out more lol. Well today I have my 2nd half of the Messy Mansion plate review for you guys. Messy Mansion is an Australian based online shop that carries stamping supplies including different brands of stamping plates to make supplies more available to Aussie gals. Julia, the gal who runs the shop, makes her own brand of plates and also stocks other brands. The brand I have for you today is Lily Anna.

Here are my scans of the 2 plates I received. The plates are rectangular shaped and each one has 12 full nail images and 2 scrolling images on the bottom. Feel free to click for enlargement.

OPI I'm Feeling Sashy stamped using Lily Anna 05 in OPI Miss You-Niverse. The Silver is OPI This Gown Needs a Crown. I really liked this mani because I finally incorporated all 3 Miss Universe shades into one manicure!

China Glaze Liquid Leather stamped using Lily Anna 04 in Essie Penny Talk

From both of the images I used, the stamping came out flawlessly. I had no issues picking up the image from the plate or transferring the images onto my nail. They were etched nicely and I was impressed that all of the fine lines came out so well. Also, I typically don't make note of this when reviewing plates, but when I cleaned these plates with a cotton ball, the cotton didn't get all shredded up meaning the etching has a smooth finish. It's really not a big deal, but if you're experienced with stamping, you know how frustrating it can be to clean and plate and get lint everywhere so that was a plus. You can purchase Lily Anna plates here and don't worry if you're not in Australia, these plates can be shipped internationally!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Bettina Pink Bikini & MoYou London Pro 02 XL

Happy Saturday! Man this week was so busy. My nails have been nakie for most of this week and it has finally bit me in the butt. Almost all of the corners on my blog hand chipped badly. A lot of it happened in my P.E. class yesterday. I'm pretty bummed about my nails and I refuse to round them! Lett's hope they grow out soon.

I've been telling myself this year I will venture out and try new methods of nail art. I haven't got away from stamping yet, but I did try something new using stamping and it turned out really cool! Basically what I did was paint 2 coats of a white polish on a sandwich baggie, let it dry, stamp an image on the white polish, trim to desired shape, and use as decals.

Here's what it looks like on the plastic sandwich baggie. 

Here's what it looks like when I cut and placed them on my nails. I just cleaned the rest up with acetone and added topcoat. 

Here's Morgan Taylor All White Now stamped using MoYou London Pro 02 XL in MASH Black. The Pink is Bettina Pink Bikini. My sister got me 4 Bettina polishes when she went to Puerto Rico and this was my first time using one of them. I LOVE IT! Nice buttery, creamy, opaque formula. Must get more! The black studs are from Born Pretty Store.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Messy Mansion Stamping Plate Review

Hi loves! I'm sure school is starting up again for a lot of you guys including myself. I started last week, but tomorrow is my first day of nursing school...again. I got my ADN and RN license last year, but now I'm in an RN to BSN program to get my bachelors so I hope this year goes by quick so I can be done with school once and for all!

Today I have 3 stamping plates to review from Messy Mansion. Messy Mansion is an Australian based online shop that carries stamping supplies including different brands of stamping plates to make supplies more available to Aussie gals. Don't worry, if you're not in Australia, shipping is still very affordable at $2.50 for round plate only orders! Julia sent me 3 of her own brand of stamping plates that she designs (Messy Mansion) and 2 Lily Anna plates--another brand she carries on her site. I decided to split them into 2 posts. First up, I have the 3 Messy Mansion plates: MM 29, MM 27, & MM 26.

Here are my scans of the plates. Feel free to click for enlargement. MM29 has a water creature theme (forgive my funky description), MM27 has a fire and ice theme, and MM26 has a present theme. 

I used OPI Can't Find My Czechbook and stamped using MM29 in OPI I Saw U Saw We Saw Warsaw. The decal was made with MASH Black and Morgan Taylor Candy Coated Coral. I think these are kind of awesome!

The koi fish came out great, but I did have to try a few attempts because parts of the fine lines in the top fin were a bit hard to pick up. I really wanted to make a decal with the woman, but I wasn't sold on how the lines came out. The entire image picks up each time, but the lines on the hair, face, and neck aren't as bold/filled as I prefer them to be. 

Ice nails: Essie Bikini So Teeny stamped using MM27 in Konad White. Fire nails: OPI Call Me Gwen-Ever stamped using MM27 in Konad Red and Konad Yellow. All of these picked up with ease and came out great. 

Here's China Glaze Too Yacht to Handle stamped using MM26 in Konad White. The glitter is China Glaze Glistening Snow. The bows picked up perfectly and also transferred nicely onto the nail.

Here I used another one of the present images to test the fine lines and they all transferred perfectly!

Overall I'm really pleased with the Messy Mansion plates. All of the images transfer nicely and the plates have a nice variety of images to choose from. Although the woman on MM29 didn't pick up to my liking, all of the lines still transfer and you can tell what everything is so it may just be my personal preference. I love that each plate has a theme so you can create a unique mani with just one plate instead of going through several plate collections to do a themed manicure. You can purchase Messy Mansion plates here and don't worry if you're not in Australia, these plates can be shipped internationally! 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Born Pretty Store--Gold Arabesque Pattern Water Decals Review

Hey polished pretties! Today I have some Arabesque Pattern water decals from Born Pretty Store to review. They're shiny gold and come on a fairly large sheet. I've used water decals before, and the sheet was probably about half of this size so that was a pleasant surprise. 

To get an idea of how many decals are on here, for 4 nails I used the 2 upper corner designs and had some extra decal leftover. This sheet would last at least a few manicures or to get even more use, pedicures! I don't know about you guys, but I always have designs at least on my big toes so these would be great to jazz up a plain pedicure. 

The base color is Morgan Taylor Candy Coated Coral. 

I really love how beautiful and elegant this manicure turned out with minimal effort. The only thing I had some issue with is that the plastic decal material doesn't melt when you clean up with acetone. To avoid this issue, be careful sizing and cutting the decal before placing it on your nail and make sure it doesn't extend onto your cuticle area. You can purchase these decals here for $4.99. Use my code NV7X31 for 10% off your entire purchase.